Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
January 29, 2018
EdX Quietly Developing ‘MicroBachelors’ Program
Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge
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With support from Lumina Foundation, edX is developing a “MicroBachelors” degree designed to break the undergraduate credential into Lego-like components. It's all part of an effort to better serve today's students.
Why Students Are Still Spending So Much for College Textbooks
Laura McKenna, The Atlantic
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Along with the traditional textbooks, many college classes now require students to purchase access codes—which cost $100 on average—to online platforms created by publishers such as McGraw-Hill and Pearson. Homework and quizzes are hidden on the platforms behind paywalls that expire after the semester, meaning students can’t resell them once they’re done with the course.

Amazon Snags a Higher Ed Superstar
Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
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Candace Thille, a pioneer in the science of learning, takes a leave from Stanford to help the ambitious retailer better train its workers, with implications that could extend far beyond the company.

Georgia Embraces Germany’s Apprenticeship Model
Tasnim Shamma, Marketplace
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Seventeen-year-old Cole McKeehan wakes up at 3 a.m. on Fridays so he can get to his job at E.G.O. North America. After arriving, he clocks in, heads to his toolbox at his work station, and gets hands-on training from an older employee who serves as his mentor. 

The state of Georgia wants more teens like McKeehan to get exposure to manufacturing while they're in high school by expanding the Georgia Consortium for Advanced Technical Training. Students start the three-year program at age 15 and are matched with a nearby technical college and a factory to learn technical skills firsthand.
Welding: Careers Heat Up Success for Skilled Workers
Jan Burns, Houston Chronicle (Texas)
Employers Seek New Hires With Real-World Skills
Nancy Crotti, Twin Cities Business Magazine
Commentary: Working Learners Would Benefit From New Online Community College
Cindy Miles and Phil Blair, The San Diego Union-Tribune
Expanding Competency-Based Education
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
Report: Bundled Textbooks a Bad Deal for Students
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
Commentary: Higher Education, Employers Must Work Together for Bright Future
Steve Amendo and Ainsley Wallace, Portland Press Herald
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